Congratulations on your new library card!
As a member, you can now borrow books and movies from any of our five branch libraries, two bookmobiles, and dozens of partner libraries.
On top of that you have access to a boatload of perks such as:
Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, TV shows, movies, and music
Digital magazines like People, US Weekly, Time, and Southern Living
Beaufort District Collection, the library’s local history and archives department
Research and reference assistance provided by professional librarians
Library events such as local history programs, book clubs, and storytimes
Staff recommendations, reading guides, and help finding the perfect book
The best part? As a Beaufort County resident, it’s all free.
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What is SCLENDS?
SCLENDS is a partnership of libraries across the state that borrows books and DVDs from each other. We also share a catalog, sclends.org. SCLENDS stands for South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System.
How do I set up my SCLENDS (library) account?
Log in to the My Account portal of sclends.org using your library card number and temporary password. Set a new password in the account preferences tab.
I forgot my SCLENDS password.
How can I renew my library card?
Library cards are in need of renewal every two years. To renew, please call us.
Please see arrows below, as books and eBooks are housed in different catalogs. Contact us if you would like help - we enjoy a good search!
I want to borrow a physical book or DVD
Search SCLENDS.org, which lists items you can physically borrow. It does not contain our eBooks or digital offerings.
I want to borrow an eBook or eAudiobook
Placing a “hold,” or requesting items
Placing a hold either puts you on a wait list or sends an item from a different SCLENDS library to your local branch for pick up. You will be notified when your requested item is available for pickup.
How many items can I borrow?
You may have up to 25 items on your account at any time (includes borrowed materials and up to 10 holds). Accounts are limited to 5 new books and 10 DVDs at one time. Digital items are not included in the 25 item limit.
How long can I borrow items?
Most books are loaned for 3 weeks except new books and music (2 weeks) and DVDs (1 week). eBooks and digital content have different borrowing periods.
Can I see what I have currently checked out?
Your SCLENDS library account will show only physical items currently borrowed on your card. Content borrowed from Hoopla, or Flipster is available through those accounts.
Most SCLENDS items can be renewed up to two times; however, an item cannot be renewed if another customer has placed it on hold. Eligible items will auto-renew with no action needed. You will be notified regarding the status of your item.
Opt-in to receive emails and/or texts so you’ll be notified when a hold is ready for pick up and for the auto-renewal status of your borrowed items.
Fines are $.20/day per item ($7 maximum per item) and do not accrue on days the library is closed.
eBooks & Digital Content
Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows and graphic novels. Download the Hoopla app or visit hoopladigital.com, then create an account using your library card number.
Get instant access to dozens of popular magazines like People, US Weekly, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest, GQ, Men’s Health, and Time. Download the free app or visit beaufortcountylibrary.org/magazines.
If prompted for a password, please contact us.
We offer complimentary use of Wi-Fi, computers, and self-service fax/scan units. Printing and photocopies are $.10/page.
Stations are available at all branches for a speedy checkout experience.
Return items to any of our book drops and we’ll make sure they are returned safely to their owning library (even items from other SCLENDS libraries).
Pick up library materials without leaving your vehicle. When the items you’ve placed on hold are ready for pick up, drive to your library’s pick-up area and call us when you've parked.
Meeting spaces are available throughout the library system. Access the application and policies at beaufortcountylibrary.org/meeting-rooms.